The familiar rule is that English words are spelled with the “I” before the “E” unless they follow a “C,” as in “receive.” But it is important to add that words in which the vowel sound is an “A” like “neighbor” and “weigh” are also spelled with the “E” first. And there are a few exceptions like “counterfeit,” “either,” “neither,” “forfeit,” “height,” “leisure,” “seize,” “seizure,” and “weird.”

See also “neice/niece.”

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